1.    08 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    Windows 10

    Homegroup where are details stored

    I have a network of small computers for different purposes some Win 7 some Win 10.
    In upgrading my older Win 7 machines I made a few mistakes and have wiped a number of them. These older machines were all connecting to a homegroup for interchange of files.
    Now they are on Win 10 the homegroup settings are rubbish. To remove them from the current list f homegroups computers requires you to log them on and leave the homegroup. This is obviously not possible. There was in the initial release of Win 10 a method, by right clicking a machine, to be offered a drop down which included the option to remove the computer from the homegroup. Unfortunately this never worked.

    What I am looking for is the location of the storage where these older computers are recorded so I can try to remove them manually. Is it in the Registry?
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  2.    08 Mar 2016 #2
    Join Date : May 2015
    Central IL
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    EL Capitan

    Yes if you are using Home Group, you have to go into each machine and remove it from the Home Group. Windows 7 is not that old of an OS. Use RealVNC on the machines to allow you to go in from one and make the changes. If on the go, use Teamviewer.
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  3.    09 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    Windows 10

    I would have thought you would have understood what I said when I said I had wiped them.
    To be very clear
    Having setup a number of machines using a digital entitlement to install Win 10 and with no licence key applied they have been removed from the network. They no longer exist so I cannot go into them, they are not running, they cannot be started.
    So your solution is not workable.
    I have found registry key entries which appear to show these, now missing, machines I am looking for assistance in possibly modifying the registry to remove them from the Homegroup.
    I have more than four machines in the homegroup which do not exist.
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  4.    09 Mar 2016 #4
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    EL Capitan

    I do understand what you wanted, there is no easy solution, other then using RealVNC or Teamviewer and use one machine to access the others to wipe out the Homegroup settings.

    This has nothing to do with installing Windows 10 for what you are wanting to do. Even if you upgrade to Windows 10, it will carry those settings over.

    I know hoe Windows 10 installs. I have spent enough time behind the wheel that there is nothing to make this easier for what you are wanting to do.

    There is a reason why those of us who are power users do not use Homegroup and Library sharing.
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  5.    09 Mar 2016 #5
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    EL Capitan

    There is of course the fix that has been always around, which you can find through a search. Since you want to know what it is, it has been the same since Windows 7.

    Solution 1 – Delete files from PeerNetworking folder
    Go to c:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking.
    Delete idstore.sst and move on to Step 3. If deleting idstore.sst doesn’t work, go back to c:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking and delete all files and folders in it and go back to Step 3.
    Go to the Network Settings and Leave the Homegroup.
    Repeat this for all the computers in your network.
    Turn off your computers.
    Turn on just one, and create a new Homegroup on it.
    This Homegroup should be recognized on all of your computers now.
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  6.    09 Mar 2016 #6
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    Windows 10

    Thanks for the reminder of that method to clear out the Homegroup.
    I was amazed to find that the latest upgrade to Win10 14279.rs1_160229-1700 has restored the ability to remove a missing computer from the Homegroup. Shame however it still doesn't work.
    A fact I have fedback to MS.
    I also commented that on a working PC when you find a computer not available it also says
    "Make sure that the PC you're using and {computername} are both on and not asleep."
    How could the PC you are using NOT be on and NOT asleep?

    For the sake of completeness your description of the steps of Solution 1 is missing the step numbering.
    Whatever your reasons for not using Homegroup and Library sharing are they are not relevant to my clients who look to me for advice as to when to switch to Win 10. My advice at the moment is "NOT YET".
    They make extensive use of the simple facilities provided by MS in the Homegroup in their Win 7 network.
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